Published Sep 30, 2009Few folks get as excited about new material from the Dillinger Escape Plan as Exclaim!'s metal contingent. So when word was announced that the band are playing some Canadian dates in December, we had to get in touch with the guys to see if they'd be playing any new material. And we like what we were told.
"We'll definitely be debuting some new material on the December tour," says vocalist Greg Puciato in an interview with Exclaim! "We've never played any of these new songs live before, so we're really excited to get done in the studio and start letting these songs take on a life of their own out on the road."
The band have been holed up recording their upcoming album, Option Paralysis, since September 7, with producer Steve Evetts (Sepultura, Lifetime). So it makes sense that to relieve some of the pressure they'd hit the road and play some shows once they're all done in the studio.
But the weird thing is that this tour finds them playing with emo dudes Thursday and quirky indie rockers Fake Problems. Then again, Dillinger are a band that have toured with everyone from goth mall punkers AFI to legendary thrash metallers Megadeth, so maybe it's not so weird.
"Yeah, we do enjoy going out with different bands," says Puciato. "We get bored really easily, and hand in hand with that, we like to challenge ourselves in different performing environments and challenge our audiences and other people's audiences."
He continues: "We've been doing this for a while now, and when we tour, we tour hard, and it just comes down to wanting to be around different types of bands, new types of people, audiences, anything to break up the monotony. You don't wanna beat your audience with too much of the same. It really doesn't matter to us whether the tours we do seem to make sense or not on paper, as far as genres or whatever are concerned."
We tried to get more info out of Puciato about the band's highly anticipated new record but apart from getting a tentative month they're aiming for, he's not talking. We all know by now the group have left longtime home Relapse Records, started their own label, Party Smasher Inc, and will be releasing this disc with the backing of Season of Mist Records. It's a one-album deal with Season of Mist ("We've earned the right to not be locked down," says Puciato), so if it works out, the band may stay with them; if not, they're free to go elsewhere.
"It's going to be released more than likely in March , and that's about all I am going to say about it right now," Puciato says with a laugh. "I don't wanna let the cat out of the bag too much, especially since this is gonna be one nasty motherfucker of a cat."
So until then, fans in Quebec and Ontario, check out the tour dates below, and head over here for the full North American tour itinerary. But, hey, from all the good things Puciato has to say about Dillinger's shows up here, sounds like these will be some of the best gigs anyway.
"We always love playing up there; some of our best shows have been in Canada," he says. "There are a ton of cities and countries in the world filled with half-assed or fly-by-night fans, and Canada has always been the polar opposite of that for us. We're always psyched to come. The feeling at our shows is always very genuine there. The first shows in support of Ire Works were in Canada, and now we're coming back up almost right away again for Option Paralysis."
The Dillinger Escape Plan's last album was Ire Works, released in 2007 on Relapse.
Canadian tour dates:
12/6 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
12/7 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club